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is the military telling you? >> reporter: well, a defense official i just spoke with a few minutes ago said this is clearly an act of terrorism and that was echoedamplified by leon panetta, he's meeting with nato allies. and he said clearly this was a terrorist act, this kidnapping including some american hostages. right now, from sources that we are speaking with, africa command is taking the lead on this from the military side. but they are mostly conferring with the state department and the fbi as the state department sifts through the information and works with the algerians to get the best available information on what is going on the ground. there are some military assets that are somewhat close. there are marine, fleet anti-terrorism teams in italy. there is also air force surveillance aircraft that could be available out of aviano, also in italy. there are some military assets in the area. but the defense official i spoke with said right now the best thing is to get all the information they can about what is going on, on the ground. in other words, he said how many bad guys are ther
. the defense official says with the number of potential hostage takers it would be an extremely dangerous assault mission. they are hoping there is some sort of diplomatic solution to the crisis. >> certainly a shock to many how quickly it happened. we have been trying to understand what happened and when these workers were seized on their way to work or what was happening. what can you tell us about the moment they were taken? and given the u.s. government was very quick to say in this case they believed this was an organized and preplanned attack. >> you're exactly right. here is what we know from the minister who says an oil field in southern algeria was attacked by militants. several hostages were taken there. this is an oil field about 40 miles from the border of libya. a group of westerners were on their way to the airport where they were attacked. alg alger security forces fired back. the militants retreated and there they took more hostages. although the group has claimed responsibility and said it did so out of retaliation for algeria allowing the french to use the air space for
. a defense official says with the number of hostages and potential hostage-takers there, it would be an extremely dangerous assault miss. they are all hoping there is some sort of diplomatic solution to this crisis. >> certainly a shock to many how quick it happened. as i know, we all have been trying to understand and when these workers were seized on their way to work on what exactly was happening. what can can you tell us about the moment they were taken? given as we just reported, the u.s. government was quick to say they believed this was an organized and preplanned attack. >> you are exactly right. here is what we know from algeria as interior minister. he says an oil field in southern algeria was attacked by militants. several hostages were taken there. this was about 40 miles from the border of libya. a group of westerners were on their way to the airport where they were attacked by another group of militants. algear january security forces with them fired back. the militants retreated back to this bp oil facility, sort of the main base. there, they took more hostages, bot
priority is the safety and security of these hostages. the defense secretary, leon panetta, is saying, quote, terrorists who murder or kidnap americans will be hunted down. one escaped hostage is saying that he had plastic explosives strapped around his neck. his brother spoke about the terrifying moments. >> yeah. we just found out recently that he'd been made to sleep with semtex tied around his neck. he had duct tape over his mouth and his hands tied and we find out how he got free. and was removing five convoy loads from a different part of the compound and one of the jeeps steven was in, there were five jeeps, and the algerian army had bombed the jeeps, and out of five jeeps, the bombs -- four of them were hit and wiped out and obviously they lost their lives. luckily enough for my brother he was in the jeep that crashed, and she was able to make a brea for freedom with the semtex around his neck. >> pretty calm account from the brother. but the little boy, the son of the escaped hostage here, expressing relief and tears over the news that his dad finally among those hostages who
that for the united states and israel could come in the next few months. >>> the defense department inspector general has cleared general john allen of allegations he row inappropriate e-mails to jill kelly. now, jill kelly had claimed that she was being threatened by paula broadwell. you may remember the woman who had an affair with the former cia director, david petraeus. we were sent an op-ed by kelly and her husband, scott, that will be published by the "washington post." in it, the kellys describe how they were victimized throughout the ordeal. they also urged congress to consider legislation to strengthen electronic privacy. >>> it has been 537 days since the united states lost its top credit rating. what are we doing to get it back? a total of about 4.65 million homes were sold in 2012, homes that were previously owned. that number may not mean much but it does mean something important. it's the best year we've seen for those home sales since 2007. >>> now, our fourth story "outfront." mourning the hostages lost. the family of one of the american victims of the algeria hostage crisis spoke out
came back from that and put banned performance enhancing drugs in his body. his great defense was, after what i've been through, do you think i would put that stuff in my body and, of course, everybody said, everybody bought that because it was so plausible. so for lance to have actually doped after cancer was a pretty tough thing to do and i think it indicated a win at all costs attitude that was commendable and it was a seriously wrong thing to do. >> you were one of the very first people to question lance armstrong. it goes all the way back to 1999. what was it that made you suspicious in the first place? >> my first point of kind of suspicion was watching lance's treatment of a young french rider and there will be people out there, if they were all doping, how wrong -- how can you blame lance and single him out? they all weren't doping and one of the guys who did not dope in 1999 was a young french rider, and he offered the pin that you couldn't win this tour de france in '99 without doping and much of the colleagues resented him saying that. the guy who most resented him sayi
need that? >> first and foremost, if you have never fired an ar-15, as a woman who also has self-defense, uses guns for self-defense and likes to know that i have that security they're a lot easier to fire than other rifles with the recoil. >> you think all women should be armed with ar-15s? >> my goodness, are you going to go off on a tangent every time i say one thing? come on, now, piers. stay with me. stay here with me. >> i'm trying to find out what you believe. >> i'm trying to explain it to you, but you keep putting words in my mouth every time try. so stop, let me finish and we'll get somewhere with this. an ar-15, honestly, it's just like any other rifle. i don't understand why some individuals can become so scared of this, because they think it's a scary looking weapon. it's not. this is not the military assault rifle that fully automatic or capable of select fire. >> it shot 17 americans in a movie heater in 90 seconds. it murdered a group of new york state firemen. >> there are pistols made by armalight. >> this particular weapon has been used in the last four mass shootings.
have all gone to white men, defense, treasury, state. they're all going to white men. so is this -- is he going to put women in other positions? and what's it going to take to get a woman in one of those big power spots? >> well, i think we're going to have to look at the picture as a whole when the president is done. having served this president, knowing the women who have served him who are still there today, these are extremely influential, powerful women with a strong voice with regard to what's going on on a day-to-day basis. but we can't make a decision and a determination until the full picture comes to be. and i would also say that when you look at the issues, homeland security, janet napolitano, making sure health care reform is implemented. kathleen sebelius. the list goes on. there are very, very smart, very influential women already in his cabinet and i know are going to be there. >> the second term is when that "l" word, legacy, comes into play. you're a veteran of this white house and also a veteran of working in the capitol behind us for senator kennedy and
to settle in, set up their defenses and have to make demands. things they clearly want. they want prisoners to be released and some lines of communication will be established, and the -- the authorities will -- ideally will look at communication as a weapon to manipulate them and arrange an outcome, either there is an assault or get everybody released. >> kidnappings, hostage taking, not that unusual, especially massive international companies, and often the companies will pay out money to the kidnappers, but would political motivation, seems like it would be less likely. do you think that's true? >> some of the motivation will be a cover. the terrorists here are really bandits. a kidnapping industry thriving in this part of the world, and used to making money. this is a business for them. an opportunity to make a lot more money. make noise about political demands in the hopes that money will be offered to save the people and secondarily the facility. they will try to settle this for money. >> negotiations could involve money. what about a rescue attempt. how likely is it that that is being
this on, these are hand-picked families from the department of defense, folks from the fischer house, blue star families, the wounded warrior project. and i talked to one dad who was with his daughter, and he wanted to say thank you to the president, thank you to the first lady, to make this so special. watch. >> it's big. it is. it really -- makes everything we go through, you know -- we look around now and it's so beautiful here. and we've been through some hard times. and you know, we looked around at other times and it was kind of different. so to know that they care enough about those times, you know, to put on things, you know, here back home, it just feels wonderful. >> reporter: so as we look forward to this in about an hour and a half, don lemon, you have, of course, malia and sasha, the first daughters are here. i have been told the grand daughters of dr. joe biden will be here as well. so far no word on whether they'll be on stage. if this is like 2009, i have a feeling we will see them showing off some moves on stage later. nick cannon is hosting. we're hoping to talk to him. w
of murdering 16 afghan civilians, 9 of them children, he is set to be arraigned today. a defense attorney says staff sergeant robert bales will plead not guilty. he is being held at a base in washington state. bales allegedly murdered the civilians in a nighttime raid last march. >>> the world awaits oprah winfrey's one-on-one with lance armstrong tonight. it's widely reported he will admit to doping but what else will he say? the interview has not aired, but the damage control is underway. a source telling us that armstrong is already in talks to return some of his endorsement money. >>> a northern california man facing a $14,000 property tax bill, paid his tab in rolls of coin. stacks of dollar bills. larry casper said he tried to pay half his bill weeks ago but the county would only accept payment in full. so he asked family to empty out their piggie banks. every year at this time, this becomes the park city, utah sundance film festival. sundance traditionally a mecca for independent films. some 50,000 people expected to descend on the town over the next ten days. next week you guys are tra
the defense will be a fight. that will be fun to watch. >> let's talk about guns. i have been talking about this a lot. particularly since sandy hook, but before that. you're an independent in many ways, but what do you make of the gun debate. i'll tell you why i ask. in britain, it's not a political thing, never has been. never left or right. it's more of a human reaction when things happen, we have to do something. why is it so political in america? >> it's a part, i think, of how our country was formed. we did have to take up arms to form our country. >> to get rid of us. >> i didn't want to say it, but if you're going to bring it up, yeah, to get you guys out. there's that. it's in our constitution. look, i own a gun. you know, i'm gone a lot. i have a wife, i have two kids. i know how to keep them. they're in a gun safe. >> how many do you have? >> three. >> what type? >> i don't have an assault weapon. >> you have handguns? >> exactly. and i'm a sportsman. and i shoot skeet, and i grew up in the midwest. that's a part of my culture. i understand them in a way that perhaps people livin
said. right now the algerian operation, it is believed continues to be under way. defense secretary leon panetta has said he believes there are as many as seven american hostages involved in this incident. it looks like the u.s. government, the british, japanese, norwegians, basically, are letting this algerian operation play out. you have to, you know, really remember, this is sovereign algerian territory. it's something the algerians take very seriously. they haven't asked, as far as we know, for any u.s. help. they want to handle it. this is a classic hostage situation. the algerians have moved in, surrounded it, nobody in, nobody out, and they are going to make the attempt to deal with it. that's the basic u.s. understanding. but, you know, beyond that it's very difficult to understand what's going on. one thing that has happened is the u.s. has sent a satellite over the region. it has some satellite imagery of this area and we have just been told by a u.s. official, an unarmed predator drone flying at a much lower altitude getting much better fidelity, detail on the site also h
and security of the hostages. defense secretary leon panetta says, he's putting the terrorists on notice. >> they will find no sanctuary, no refuge, not in algeria, not in north africa, not anywhere. >> but the demands of the group led by mokhtar belmokhtar is growing. they are demanding the release of omar currently serving a life sentence in the u.s. and a pakistani neuroscientist now in prison in the u.s. convicted of trying to kill u.s. soldiers and fbi agents in afghanistan. the obamaed administration, however, is ruling out any negotiating with the terrorists. >> the united states does not negotiate with terrorists. >> again, this is an ongoing operation as far as we know, still conflicting information for a third day in exactly what is happening, how many people have been released, et cetera. but, wolf, you can certainly say that the countries that are involved and that includes japan, have been talking around the clock nonstop about this and coordinating their activities, which the secretary says is really key to this. >> jill doherty with the latest at the state department. tha
. there is leon panetta, defense secretary, walking in right now. so -- i -- i -- there's -- more members of the cabinet coming in. this is the motorcade that is carrying the president, first lady, vice president, and second lady, and others up pennsylvania avenue towards the capitol. h.w. brand is the presidential historian, the author, who is helping us better appreciate the enormity of this historical moment that we are watching. they are getting closer and closer. that's quit a long motorcade. they got. i guess the republican and democratic leadership is in that motorcade as well. how significant is it that -- and -- there you see janet nap tan oh secretary of homeland security walking in with other members of the cabinet -- how significant is it the president invited the congressional leadership for coffee after coming back from church before heading up to capitol hill? >> it seems a clear indication he realizes if anything is going to be done in the second term, it will have to be done on a bipartisan basis. presidents in their inaugural addresses always speak in bipartisan fashion.
the quarterback of the defense. it relies as much on trust and leadership skills as it does on physical ability. the idea that a team would say, you're our middle linebacker, you're our quarterback on the defense, but, by the way, maybe half your teammates think you might have serious issues that need to be dealt with, and that you might not be an honest person, that will hang over him, even if he ferociously sticks and notre dame ferociously sticks to the story that he was the victim of a three-year hoax, but i've got to tell you. there's going to be a lot of drip, drip, drip out of notre dame on this. you're already beginning to hear it. former players, former teammates, asking questions. and it's really sad. >> yeah. tell you what, leigh steinberger agrees. a big brand. a package deal is a package deal. hope we can get more information out of this but soon. thank you. >>> more bad news ahead for boeing. the 787 dreamliners on the ground. all around the world, in fact. and the reason -- safety. your safety. we'll explain. citracal slow release continuously releases calcium plus d with efficie
't know for sure how many americans are still being held hostage, defense secretary leon panetta is issuing a stern warning to their kidnappers. >> we are working around the clock to ensure the safe return of our citizens. terrorists should be on notice that they will find no sanctuary, no refuge, not in algeria, not in north africa, not anywhere. those who would wantonly attack our country and our people will have no place to hide. >> cnn national security contributor and former homeland security adviser to president george w. bush fran townsend joins us now. welcome, fran. >> hi. >> we understand the united states has a plane in algeria and it's transporting americans and other westerners out of the country, some of those people are injured. do you know anything about this operation? >> no, carol. but, you know, what we're hearing is that the algerians couldn't coordinate with any of the foreign governments that had hostages on the ground. it's not all that surprising. it's not the way you want it to go if you're the american president or the british prime minister, but they ac
. no everyone is happy. defense lawyers revealed it was their decision, not their client's to delay revealing the location of his girlfriend's dead body. listen to this. >> we want the family to understand that that was not mr. beneti's decision. >> for four months, they knew where she was, and she lay-in two feet of dirt decomposing and they knew where she was and wouldn't tell us? that is sick. >> oh, my goodness. the family spent several weeks desperately searching for 14-year-old girl's body. >>> and the nra in for a fight with president obama's gun control proposal. new jersey governor chris christie called the nra's reprehensible. >> don't be dragging people's children into this, it's wrong and it demeans them and makes them less of a valid, trusted source of information on the real issues. >> the nra ad calls the president an elitist hypocrite for opposing their idea of armed guards in every school when his kids are protected by armed guards. >>> people in washington pulling extra shifts this weekend. getting ready for inauguration day on monday. leave report, just ahead. clear, huh? i
this operation done and get it done right. >> "outfront" tonight, the defense department's former africa counterterrorism director, jeff porter, he has briefed the fbi on the situation, and chris lawrence. our pentagon correspondent. chris, let me start with you. the state department says we have to do the job right. the defense department says the united states will be involved in mali. what are you hearing tonight as far as u.s. intervention? >> they're narrowing down the option. piloted planes to gather some intelligence is one option. drones, although one official told me those are in very high demand with things going on in yemen and afghanistan, libya and other areas around the world. he said look for possibly some air lift capacity. in other words, big cargo planes that would allow the french to get more equipment to where it's needed in mali, and refueling capability. in other words, the french jets doing some of the bombing, these american refueling tankers could pull up alongside them, and the french jets could refuel in air so they could go longer and further without having to
understand from defense secretary panetta there were probably about seven or eight americans initially, and some, as you said, have gotten out. they talked to their families, but it is still really unclear what has happened to nem. >> it surprises me there's so little information. early this morning, you know, this raid had already begun. so the fact that information has been so slow to come out surprises me, i guess because it's a remote region. did the algerians give the u.s. a heads up before they conducted the raid, do we know? >> they did not. that's what we're told by u.s. officials, they didn't. that's one of the growing frustrations. everyone understands, of course, it was a very difficult operation and remains a difficult operation, but without that heads up, the u.s. and i have been talking to some european countries that are expressing some frustration with a lack of information, conflicting information, not enough information on the u.s. hostages. so that is saproblem. >> we're also learning from defense officials, the u.s. is increasing its role in the conflict in mali. ho
and also he wrote september's cover story, i still believe in lance armstrong. and page, a criminal defense and constitutional attorney. i'll also talk to a man who knows the toll of a different kind of cheating. former governor mark sanford is back and he's here. we begin with lance armstrong. i'm going to start with you. this breaks your heart. i remember when you wrote this. it was at a time when many people were turning on lance armstrong. i admired your loyalty, frankly, as someone who clearly wanted to believe in him, because he had said to you himself, repeatedly, i never doped. i'm told you exchanged e-mails with him in the last week. tell me about that. >> i wrote a column at the daily beast on monday, and i probably should have done it sooner, repudiating the cover story, which i sort of flawed it hook, line, and sinker. lance e-mailed me yesterday and said, look, i f'd up, i want to apologize. i'm really, really sorry for sending you down this road. >> i think it was heartfelt. i didn't respond. i don't think there's anything to respond to. i still wonder, is he playing me? i thi
raided. >> reporter: defense secretary leon panetta issued a warning to those running the training camps. >> terrorists should be on notice that they will kind no sanctuary, no refuge, not in algeria, not in north africa, not anywhere. >> reporter: so far this al qaeda group has been focused in africa, but counterterrorism officials are concerned that if these training camps continue to flourish, their ambitions may expand. libya is right on the southern shore of the mediterranean, and officials are concerned that militants could try for an attack in europe or european militants could come to libya, get training, and then try to carry out an attack back home. erin? >> thanks very much to chris lawrence. fran townsend is a former homeland and counter trirm security adviser to president george bush. and stuart holiday is former ambassador. stuart, let me start with you. in chris' reporting there was a sound bite from president obama from a very different time, and that sound bite he said libya is a success. it's a lesson in success of how to do these things. was that premature given what c
and secretary of defense. it's a different u.s. response. much more limited, more strategic, more dependent on drones. >> frankly, superior approach because what happened to the bush administration is he decided to invade iraq, a country that wasn't even on the list of al qaeda, completely distracted us from this growth that the speaker talked about. this has been going on all over the world but we focus on a country-by-country basis. president obama gets it on this and he is appointing people who understand the delicate nature of trying to look at the inner connections and i'm very pleased about that. >> i agree with susan about what the u.s. and u.s. would not do in mali andalgeria and all of that. could it be distracting to an agenda if things start to blow up overseas? >> the longer you hang around 1600 pennsylvania avenue, the odds start rising against you and bad things happen in the world that you're going to have to deal with. the issue in africa is more acute going forward because africa kind of looms as part of this changing energy equation. much more energy opportunity and more w
the defense of marriage act. do you think that the nation is moving on this issue? whether you're talking about transgender kids, d.o.m.a. defense of marriage. do you think the nation is slowly shifting? >> i think regular people don't care if two people consenting adults of the same sex want to get married. why can't they join the lot of us and be just as miserable as everybody else. >> you're going to be sitting up there on platform during the inauguration, what does that mean? >> i'm going to start crying. from watching it on tv, ever since i was little. it was nancy, leader of the nancy pelosi, she's the one that invited me. she wanted me to see it. i'm so blown over by it. >> what do you want to hear him say. in his inaugural address. people have been talking about it and dressing about it. what would you like to hear his message be. >> he said a lot of things that i'm glad he said. i would like to see the republicans stop trying to drag the president down. i've never seen anything like it in my life. i mean it's not, it's just, they want him to fail. but if they do that, they want u
. how clear is that? >> what do you make of that, the attitude? >> little defensive, wouldn't you say? how many times if i have to say? if i never had taken performance enhancing drugs, ask me all you like. he was defensive. he was trying to put a wall up, trying to be em fastic and almost push the interviewer away. i would question this defensiveness in the interview. >> how do you explain this is somebody who also has done an incredible amount of good? he's a cancer survivor, starts the livestrong foundation, gets a lot of people to buy the bracelets and feel empowered. how do you explain on one hand he does such good and the other hand he's been lying and cheating for years? >> that's the point. human beings are very complicated people. nobody is all good. nobody is all bad. he's a good person. he's a good person who got caught up in a terrible system, maybe got a little narcissism incentive entitlement when he got into elite circles and felt once he had that power he had to protect it. maybe he thought he was protecting america in some crazy way. yes, he let down a lot of people a
of the inauguration begins sunday at 9:00 a.m. eastern. >>> president obama's pick for defense secretary just got a huge endorsement. democratic senator chuck schumer says he supports chuck hagel after a 90-minute meeting at the white house. critics, though, blasting some of hagel's past comments including the one in which hagel said, quote, the jewish lobby has intimidated lawmakers on israel. schumer, who is jewish, says he will vote for hagel's confirmation after hagel clarified his remarks. >>> venezuela's vice president expected to deliver a state of the nation speech today. standing in for president hugo chavez who is still in cuba, recovering, continuing to get those cancer treatments. but a lot of venezuelans are just focused on finding everyday essentials, talking about eggs and flour, even toilet paper, very tough to come by, in many stores in venezuela right now. alejandra ora joins me. >> the central bank reported that the shortage increased at the fastest pace in the last three years after president chavez announced he was going to travel to cuba to get cancer treatment. however, it
the board in every sector of the government including defense, including vets. i was talking to somebody on capitol hill who said that amount of money is the entire operating budget, akin to the entire operating budget of the agriculture department. we do not think it will pass but it really gives a sense of why the speaker got himself in so much trouble by pulling this before the night of new year's day, because of this very reason, he knew there were a number of republicans who were very upset about passing any new government spending without cutting it elsewhere and it's going to play out on the house floor today. >> we're going to talk more about this later. dana bash reporting live from capitol hill today. coca-cola is defending it self against charges it makes america fat. it acknowledges obese sit the issue of this generation and vowing to come together to fight the fat. ♪ i'd like to teach the world to sing ♪ ♪ sing with me ♪ in perfect harmony >> it's a far cry from the feel good '70s feel good coca-cola commercial. >> we'd like people to come together on something that
. today that request was accepted and now i'm told by defense officials that military planners are in deep discussion with the french to go over specifically what they are going to bring in and where they are going to bring it. one defense official that i spoke with said that it could be the equivalent of the entire mek mek cannized battalion and might take up to 30 flights to get all of that in there for the french. in the end rkt the french would reinvert the u.s. for the cost of those cargo flights. there was a separate request for some u.s. surveillance as well as refueling and u.s. planes could pull up to the french jets, refuel them in the air, that's another request that's still under consideration but that part has not been decided, wolf. >> that's stepping up the military role in mali. that's a significant is headline. let me bring tom fuentes back in. are you surprised that france is helping deal with this crisis in mali? >> i'm not surprised to not let the al qaeda affiliates in mali and other countries become more powerful, to gain a foothold in
the job of replacing his outgoing secretaries of state and defense and the director of the cia, he'll have some new faces to work with on his foreign policy team. joe johns, cnn, washington. >> and next hour, we take a closer look at the issues that will likely define president obama's second term. >>> randi, what's coming up next? >> we have a whole lot still ahead, victor. she set fashion trends four years ago when president obama was sworn into office, so what will michelle obama wear to this weekend's inaugural events? we'll have a look at the first lady's fashion, coming up. >>> i think that there's no more higher purpose right now than to take care of folks, put themselves in harm's way, protect our freedoms. >> more than half a million folks have done more than one tour. that's a tremendous emotional and physical burden we've put on our folks that's totally unprecedented. >> we're acknowledging that people are always going to have some effect. we just want them to be able to be better at making that transition back to civilized society and not carrying around that pain of war for th
the military help come from? >> it could come from europe and even closer. a senior defense official tells me now that defense secretary leon panetta has assured americans that the u.s. military will take all necessary and proper steps to deal with this attack. what could that mean? most importantly, the pentagon's africa command has what is called a commander and extremist force. it's a small, very lethal force that is dedicated to hostage rescue and counterterrorism. they are at an undisclosed location but we're told they are on a very, very short window to be put into action. now, expanding out just a little bit, take a look at the map, look at where algeria is. look at where this oil facility is. you can take a look in italy, the u.s. has air bases in italy which they could use a cargo lift, they could also use surveillance plates from there and they also have about 150 marines that are trained in crisis intervention in italy and also as we move over to rota, spain, there are two marine corps anti-terrorism bases there. further out, if necessary, back here on the east coast, all u.s. spec
or for repealing the legislation that paul's because, bill's boss signed the defense of marriage act. >> the justice department -- let me interrupt. the justice department is no longer defending the defense of marriage act. >> and it's going to go to a supreme court case as well and that's probably when we'll find out the future of that. the initiative in play that prompted many of the questions. wolf, i think the real key thing here and we'll hear about this today was speaker boehner. one of the changes now is it's time for the senate to lead. on climate change, let harry reid to see if they can do something. it's their turn. let the senate pass a budget. on guns, i'd be interested to see if they can pass a an obama-style coalition to do what the president is asking for. that's a big change. the house, one of the things they need to do smarter is not see a plank and swim with sharks. let harry reid lead and see what they can do. i think the president will have a lot fewer followers than he thinks. >> harry reid is as able senate leader. i love seeing him lead. it's interesting that
uncertain and still very dangerous. >> we heard from the secretary of defense leon panetta today saying -- >> this is the problem right now for the united states and other countries, al qaeda in north africa, perhaps the new frontier for al qaeda cells and affiliates, but many of these places are very remote areas, very difficult to get to, and the case is, we are seeing in algeria, that government does not want outside military help. it's one thing for the secretary of defense to say there's no sanctuary, that the u.s. will go after these al qaeda terrorists, how are you going to get over there with limited force and how are you going to get to these countries to undertake military operations is a whole other question. this is likely to be a very serious ongoing issue now for some time to come. >>> now this, a new report out today by the cdc says that the flu season is now getting worse. 48 states are now reporting widespread flu activity. now widespread means more than half of the counties in a state have flu activity. 30 states are reporting high levels of the flu, up from 24 last we
believe the senate should confirm chuck hague toll become the next secretary of defense. 22% oppose hagel. he is a former senator from nebraska. 30% say they're unsure about hagel. what should be the main folk us in dealing with immigration? 53% say there should be a plan to have illegal immigrants become residents and 43% say deporting them and stopping more from am coulding to the u.s. soon arctic blast and a winter storm could make for a messy and dangerous commute all over new england this morning. jennifer delgado is tracking that storm. >>> you thought it was cold yesterday in washington, d.c. look at the temperatures and what it feels like through parts of the upper midwest, plains, and ohio valley. look at those wind chill values. minus 39 in duluth. minus 22 in minneapolis. of course, these temperatures are barely making it above the freezing mark. and this cold air has invaded parts of the u.s. it's not going anywhere. you can see for yourself, anywhere in blue we have a wind chill advisory. that means wind chill values today and even some locations through tomorrow, they're goi
was shot dead two years ago. both prosecution and defense maintain his activities were not the motive behind his killing but the defense argues that the child was exposed to violence at a young age. looks like he'll be held in some kind of detention facility until he's 23 years old. >>> a wisconsin woman who once weighed 425 pounds -- take a look at your screen right now -- she's now competing in triathlons. >> good for her. >> amy smith said her weight caused complications when her second daughter was born, so she had gastric bypass surgery. look at her. then she started working out. just one year later and smith has already completed two triathlons and two half marathons. >> my knees hurt, my back hurt, and i had high blood pressure. i was prediabetic. you know, i was going down a bad path. there's a group of us out there that have had weight loss surgery who are athletes now. i can say it. i never was comfortable saying that. >> oh, you are an athlete. you go, amy. now that she considers herself an athlete, amy smith's new goal is to participate in the elite iron man competition. >
and the depositions. he acted as well tonight as he did then. he we get defensive and arrogant and say i already answered the question. he intimidated and he bullied and nelly is going the other direction. >> when he concedes he is arrogant, he sounds arrogant. watch this. >> just riskless desire to win. when all costs, truly. that serves me well on the bike. served me well during the disease. but the level that it went two for whatever reason is a flop. and then that defines and the attitude, the arrogance, you cannot deny it. you watch that clip that is an arrogant person. look at this arrogant prick. i say that today. it is not good. >> i feel so disgusted by lance armstrong for the millions who looked up to him and he allegedly inspired care of the whole thing was a pack of lies and a ruthless pack of lies. and man who ruthlessly targeted people to protect himself, say people, bully people, got people fired. this man knew no limits to how awful he would be to be a hero and a champion. >> he transcended sports, obviously. and, of course, he is nothing of the sort. it is worse than that it was
. >> there is criticism about his new cabinet. if you look at cia, secretary of defense, state and treasury, all white men. what does he need to do moving forward so that there are more people who look like you and look like others who are in his cabinet? >> well, suzanne, the president has a long reputation of surrounding himself with diversity. whether it is racial or gender diversity. he grew up surrounded by women. his first cabinet reflected that diversity. and he is admitted to the second cabinet and the white house staff, and they will do the same. judge him when he is finished, not when he is just beginning. i am confident for after knowing the president for nearly 22 years, everyone who has seen the final cabinet, will appreciate that he picked the people best for the job, and will reflect the diversity of our country. >> one of the bibles, the king bible, why was that important to him? >> well, this is martin luther king jr.'s birthday weekend. his life is dedicated to service. we're here this day with a national day of service. he gave one of the most amazing speeches of our nation's history ri
but notice the man who signed the defensive marriage act, bill clinton, opposed to gay marriage changed his position during the course of his presidency. >> every speech before 2004, looking for a constitution to ban gay marriage. >> i welcome it. what i didn't welcome was the most polarizing president that we had became more polarized. this was a speech for the 51% who voted for him. there wasn't much more for the 49% who did not. it was a speech that talked about collective action by the government and when you look at the biggest issue that we face of this era, it's the deficit. it's the trillion dollars of debt and the president didn't really talk about that. he talked about, we're not a nation of takers but that we've become a nation of debtors. >> the president clearly is a smart man, a smart politician. he's also a writer, a thoughtful person. if that is the speech, if the speech as ari described, why would he decide to give that speech? what's the political goal? >> this is the last time he's getting sworn in as president of the united states. that's why. i think it's martin luther
survivor, the person that stays behind just in case the unimaginable happens. it was then defense secretary robert gates four years ago. we're waiting to see who it is this time around. this is where all the big people will be sitting. they'll file in sometime a little over 9:00 a.m. zoraida? >> i love the view, john. i think you may have the best seat in the house right now. >> not bad. >> thank you very much. so the washington who's who will no doubt be in full party mode tonight with inaugural events planned around the city, the commander in chief's ball and the inaugural ball will bring out big names like katy perry, brad paisley, stevie wonder and alicia keys. the festivities kicked off yesterday, like the hip hop ball. john legend, eva longoria and swiss beats took to the stage. two lucky girls, brooke baldwin and suzanne malveaux had front row seats. >> i'm brooke baldwin inside a rocking theater. this is the here rose for red, white and blue ball. on stage behind me and the headliner of the whole evening, lynyrd skynyrd. but the real heroes tonight, the men and women inside this the
law of self defense that says the government's monopoly on violence is something that we create an exception to. >> here is my response. i don't think anybody in this room, or very, very few people -- >> legitimate violence. >> government's monopoly on violence? >> no, the government has a monopoly on legitimate violence. the government can execute people, can imprison people. when you go into a civilized society, the idea is that only the government can use violence. >> let me interrupt here. i think we're drifting slightly off point. most people in this room have no issue with americans having a gun at home to defend themselves. i come back to, scotie, of what i said earlier. what is the purpose and the need of an ar-15 that can have a magazine of 100 bullets? nobody can give me any reason why a civilian needs that. your explanation appears to be you fear a tyrannical government of attacking you. >> i have the right. that's my first explanation. i have the right. hundreds of thousands of men and women the last 2,000 years have died for me to have that right. >> to have an ar-1
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